01922 452540
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Diet Advice Sheet

Foods and drinks that have the potential to cause dental erosion

(Causes wear- bad)

Food and drinks with low/no erosive potential

(Reduced risk of wear- good)

Potentially cariogentic foods and drinks

(Causes holes-bad)

Foods and drinks with low potential for dental caries

(Reduced risk of holes- good)

  • Soft drinks- carbonated and diluted squashes including ‘diet’ varieties
  • Fresh fruit juices and fruit juice drinks
  • Wine, Alcopops, Cider and Perry, Spirits consumed with mixers
  • Some Herbal teas
  • Fresh fruit such as citrus fruits and apples (not bananas) if eaten often in large quantities
  • Vinegar, Sauces and Pickles (large quantities)
  • Acidic sweets (e.g. acidic fruit drops)
  • Chewable aspirin and vitamin C tablets (large quantities)
  • Bread (sandwiches, toast, crumpets and pitta bread)·
  • Pasta, rice and starchy staple foods
  • Fibrous foods (e.g. raw vegetables)
  • Low-sugar breakfast cereals (e.g. shredded wheat)
  • Sugar-free chocolate and sugar-free chewing gum
  • Cheese
  • Peanuts
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Tea & Coffee unsweetened
  • Sugar and chocolate confectionery
  • Cakes and biscuits
  • Buns, pastries, fruit pies
  • Sponge puddings and other puddings
  • Table Sugar
  • Sugared breakfast cereals
  • Jams, preserves, honey
  • Ice cream
  • Fruit in syrup
  • Fresh fruit juices
  • Sugared soft drinks
  • Sugared, milk-based beverages
  • Alcoholic beverages containing sugar

Low/no caries risk:

  • Bread (sandwiches, toast, crumpets and pitta bread)
  • Pasta, rice and starchy staple foods
  • Unsweetened or artificially sweetened yoghurt
  • Low-sugar breakfast cereals (e.g. shredded wheat)
  • Sugar-free confectionary
  • Fresh fruit (whole and not juices)
  • Water
  • Sugar-free drinks


Possible anti-cariogenic effect (prevents holes):

  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Peanuts
  • Sugar-free chewing gum
  • Fibrous foods (e.g. raw vegetables)
  • Xylitol sweeteners, gum and mints
  • Tea unsweetened
Covid-19 update 02/06/2020

On 29th of May the government announced that dental practices may reopen from 8th of June, subject to stringent measures to protect staff and patients.  We have been preparing the practice to accommodate these changes but guidance from the government has been limited. Further information has been promised  this week. There is a also still a national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) but we expect this to improve soon.


Please bear with us as we endeavour to make the surgery safe for your return over the coming weeks taking the above into consideration. In the meantime we will still be available for telephone advice between 9am and 4.30pm on weekdays and between 9am and 12pm weekends and bank holidays. Please ring the practice during these hours on 01922 452540. Our help sheet provides tips on how to manage dental problems at home.


Thank you for your patience.